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UN chief presses Israel over hunger-striking Palestinians
Published Saturday 07/06/2014 (updated) 11/06/2014 14:48
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Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon speaks in
Stockholm, Sweden, on May 14, 2014 (AFP/File Jonathan Nackstrand)
UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) -- UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed concern Friday about the deteriorating health of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, calling on Israel to charge or release them without delay.

Around 125 Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike for more than six weeks, most of them administrative detainees protesting against being held indefinitely without trial.

"The secretary general is concerned about reports regarding the deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for over a month," Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement Friday.

"He reiterates his long-standing position that administrative detainees should be charged or released without delay."

The UN High commissioner for human rights has also expressed concern regarding a bill before Israel's parliament that would permit force-feeding and medical treatment of prisoners on hunger strike, against their will under certain conditions, in contravention of international standards, the spokesman added.

Among those refusing food are six parliamentarians from the Palestinian Legislative Council, all of whom are administrative detainees, according to Israeli and Palestinian rights groups.

Overall 290 Palestinians are refusing food, including 70 being treated in hospital, the Israel Prisons Service said Sunday.

About 5,000 Palestinians are being held in Israeli prisons, nearly 200 of them under administrative detention orders, which allow suspects to be jailed without trial for up to six months.

Such orders can be renewed indefinitely by a military court.
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1 ) Julie / USA
07/06/2014 14:45
yes, yes....the classic hallmark of izrael: "in contravention of international standards"

2 ) Charlie A / Sweden/Gaza
07/06/2014 15:25
Yeap! Israel don?t even have to fabricate any evidence. They can send Palestinians to jail without trial anyway. I just wonder; can Israelis be send to jail without trail as well?

3 ) Tobias / USA
08/06/2014 00:59
The prisoner Palestinians are free to eat, and The free Palestinians are free to talk & negotiate, and The Jews are free to wait, Free, Secure, & Prosperous, for both !!!

4 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
08/06/2014 13:08
Expressing concern is not pressing Israeli. Sanctions - economic, diplomatic, whatever - are what it will take. What's holding him back ?

5 ) @ Charlie-2 / USA
08/06/2014 19:50
[a] Yes, "Israelis can be send to jail without trail, and were as well", under the Laws of the British Mandate period (pre-1948), and it is this same law, that is applied to terrorists today, and [b] The only difference is that the terrorists are Muslims today, instead of Jews, back in the 1930s and 1940s.

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
08/06/2014 19:50
-1- Palestinian Prisoners have a right to make themselves sick, through a refusal to eat, or a self-imposed starvation, and -2- Israel Prisons have a right to make them pay their debts to society, in full, for the crimes, murders, and terrorism they committed against Jews, and -3- External World governments have NO right to interfere, and their opinions will be rejected by Israel today, just as the UN Security Council Resolution (181) was rejected by Arab states in 1948 !!!

7 ) @ Carol-4 / Law and Reality
08/06/2014 19:55
"What's holding him back" is both Law and Reality, where: -1- The State of Israel has broken No International Laws, and -2- the UN has No ability (Sanctions, economic, diplomatic, etc.) to enforce such laws, even if Israel had broken such laws !!

8 ) Boys and Girls 1000 dead / Canada
06/08/2014 22:53
Israel is no doubt unable to use the morally obscene excuse that 1000 little boys and girls can be torn and bludgeoned to death in Gaza. Waging an invasion on this imprisoned 1.8 impoverished poor people, real families occupied in terror. 1875 dead, thousands of little kids wounded for life! How can any modern state justify the massacre of imprisoned people? Our children will read of the horror show of how 5 billion US dollars pays for security like the Iron Dome so iron fists can kill kids.
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